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Riot police flood Hong Kong as China protests build

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, South China Morning Post livestreams the swarm of riot police.

Riot police flood Hong Kong as China protests build. This was reported by The Guardian within the last 24 hours. Pro-democracy groups protest against the law that criminalizes any ridicule of the Chinese national anthem. The Guardian reported that Hong Kong arrested at least 360 people during the day-long protests that followed new legislation on the city. 

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Hong Kong Free Press HKFP reports within the last few hours that riot police have fired pepper balls at protests. Hong Kong Free Press also reports that at least 50 people were held by police outside Hysan Place in Causeway Bay. This happened after crowds marched in the street. They chanted slogans in protests of the national anthem. They chanted their slogans in the Causeway Bay area as they marched through at approximately lunchtime, from a report posted May 27. The 50 arrested at Causeway Bay were held for over an hour before being marched to a police bus. 

The chaos within China at this moment in history is felt all across the world. Beijing has been condemned for its tight security crackdown on Hong Kong. Simultaneously, bitter border disputes continue between India and China as China continues to appear to aggress its neighbors and exercise vicious domination on its domestic front. 

Al Jazeera reported on May 27 that Indian officials state thousands of Chinese troops have positioned themselves inside the Indian territory along the de facto border. U.S. President Donald Trump commented on these disputes as of May 27. 

“We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute. Thank you!” said Trump on Twitter on May 27 at 6:21am. 

A continued and increased U.S. presence in China regarding border disputes may also drive its continued intervention between Beijing and Hong Kong. Current national security legislation over Hong Kong was strongly condemned by the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made comments that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous of Beijing. This was reported by the Times of India. 

In addition to condemning the legislation against Hong Kong, Mike Pompeo has stated that the United States will side with the pro-democracy movement of Hong Kong.

“Today, I reported to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, given facts on the ground. The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong,” said Pompeo via Twitter at 10:38 am on May 27. 

The politics within Hong Kong were further condemned by the former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. 

“The Trump Admin is right. Hong Kong is no longer free from Chinese communist domination. It’s tragic for millions of Hong Kongers and dangerous for tens of millions more in East Asia. Communist China is showing its true colors. The free world must stand strong against it,” said Haley via Twitter at 11:44am on May 27. 

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President Trump did not appear to comment directly on today’s Hong Kong protests anywhere on his social media. However, Fox Business reports that Trump has signaled a potential U.S. crackdown on China this week over the Hong Kong national security law. 

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